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    I'm new to living in the bay area and am in need of taking flashing light to renew my license. Does anyone know if I can get this knocked out at CMA or know who to contact there to set this up? I know you can do it at TMA no problem, I figured Cal would have a similar set up. Thanks.

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    Last time I had to look it up there were no schools that offered it between San Diego, CA and Portland, OR. I ended up doing it in Portland during a trip up there along with RADAR renewal. CMA only was approved through the academy side not their continuing education. You could try and contact them though and see if they offer it now. I believe it is called CMA Extended Learning now.

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    Default Re: Flashing light for renwal

    Quote Originally Posted by SeaScoundrel View Post
    I'm new to living in the bay area and am in need of taking flashing light to renew my license. Does anyone know if I can get this knocked out at CMA or know who to contact there to set this up? I know you can do it at TMA no problem, I figured Cal would have a similar set up. Thanks.
    You do not need flashing light to renew a license. You need it to upgrade (for unlimited licenses).
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    Very true. Skipped over the renew part.

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    It'll be a renewal/upgrade on an unlimited license, so I'm still stuck with having to take the test. I was hoping there was a place a little closer to home.

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    You may be able to take it at the REC in Oakland.... The NMC website usually has lists of available locations for various tests...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pikuptruk
    You may be able to take it at the REC in Oakland.... The NMC website usually has lists of available locations for various tests...
    RECs have not offered flashing light exams for 4 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dredgeboater View Post
    RECs have not offered flashing light exams for 4 years.
    What do the schools charge for the flashing light exam now? Seems like a rip-off when a computer generated test would be so easy to administer at the RECs.

    Years ago, my FCC morse code tests were generated on the old Instructograph machines. On 2 occasions, I have witnessed two CG examiners that lacked mechanical skills to operate these machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by injunear
    What do the schools charge for the flashing light exam now? Seems like a rip-off when a computer generated test would be so easy to administer at the RECs.

    Years ago, my FCC morse code tests were generated on the old Instructograph machines. On 2 occasions, I have witnessed two CG examiners that lacked mechanical skills to operate these machines.
    Depends on the school. I want to say the last time I had to do it I looked at PMI and it was $200 or so. Took it at a smaller school, Columbia Pacific Maritime in Portland, OR and I think it was $100.

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    New York Maritime is $100. Houston Maritime in New Orleans charges $300 for the test, $400 if you need the 'class,' whatever the hell that is.

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